A combination of societal and legislative changes have made the lives of children with special needs and their families more comfortable in comparison to the way things were throughout history. From educational to industrial institutions, the accommodations and sensitivity offered to children with special needs have created a less restrictive and more accessible environment. Families of such children have also gained attention and now have an array of services provided for their education and support. However, there is one member of the overall family system who has been neglected as part of the effort to attend the special needs issues: namely, the siblings of a child with special needs.
Since one of the classic symptoms of autism is a marked deficit in verbal communication abilities, a common problem for applied behavior analysts and others who work with children and even adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder is simply being able to carry on a basic conversation. Something as simple as finding out what they want for lunch or whether or not they are happy or sad or indifferent about their current school assignment can be nearly impossible to find out if you rely on normal conversational methods.
Most of the special needs children and teenagers are not treated as they should be, no matter the amount of empathy and kindness they show in return. Undoubtedly it’s not at all an easy task to parent a special needs child, such special needs parents need professional guidance and help from the surrounding. If you are such a parent, these tips will be handy for you to start parenting your special needs child in the right and effective way.
An autism diagnosis is the first step towards a long journey of learning to cope with a lifelong condition, and knowing what to expect from therapy and intervention for your child can help you navigate the way better and put your mind at ease. Here’s a case study of a child with autism and the success story of timely intervention with Mom’s Belief.
When children with Down syndrome cannot express themselves or understand others easily, they become frustrated. Many children with Down syndrome can also be social and affectionate, but they may not know how to play efficiently with peers.
One of the unfortunate parts of parenting a child with special needs is dealing with misguided comments and questions from relatives.
Feelings of isolation among parents of special needs children are common. They often feel alienated from their families and their communities because they barely have time for social obligations like dinners and family get-togethers.
Family Therapy or Family Counselling is a form of group therapy that addresses the behaviours of all family members and the way they affect not only individual family members but also relationships among family members and the family as a whole.
We often hear the phrase “going through depression” thrown around casually in conversation. We may come home from a bad day at work and say that we are depressed.
Learning disabilities are a term used to refer to a wide variety of learning problems. A learning disability should not be misinterpreted as a problem with intelligence or motivation.
All children acquire skills and develop at their own pace. Some children crawl earlier than average, but walk later than average, or skip crawling altogether and walk first.
Parenting is a difficult task and being a parent of a child with a disorder is challenging. Parents may face many challenges because of their lack of awareness about the condition.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a type of therapeutic intervention that can improve social, communication, and learning skills through reinforcement techniques. In addition to improving general adaptive behaviors, such as social skills, learning skills, it can focus on a specific skill learning.
The recent coronavirus outbreak and the subsequent need to adopt online counselling techniques has shown us where the world might be heading into in the next few years in this field. As experts say that social distancing is here to stay at least for the next year to reduce the possibility of further community transmission.
Uncertainty is that strange, uncomfortable feeling of anxiety when you are no longer in familiar territory and yet don’t know what lies ahead. Needless to mention, the COVID-19 situation has brought into our lives unprecedented volatility, complexity, ambiguity, and uncertainty.
Being the mother of a special needs child can reshape your identity. Much of your life is built around the needs of your child. It is important to remember that being the parent of a child with special needs is an important part of our identity. But it shouldn’t be all of our identity. This mother’s day we’re celebrating you by acknowledging and appreciating your efforts.
Colour is one of the very first concepts we learn, and we use colour to convey emotion, messages, and meaning. Recent studies on how individuals perceive colour and the related sensory responses show that some individuals may be more sensitive to colour.
Music therapy is a type of expressive arts therapy that uses music to improve and maintain the physical, psychological, and social well-being of individuals. Music therapists use music and its many facets-physical, emotional, mental, social, etc.
Under the strain of coronavirus, schools, centre services, and other recreational services across the nation are getting shut and children and parents are home with nowhere to turn to for support with developmental needs.
As confirmed cases of the number of persons infected with COVID-19 keep rising, people all over the world are making the choice to stay at home and practice social distancing. Medical experts all over the world have stressed the importance of doing so as it is necessary to stop the coronavirus spread.